ROCESTER director Barry Smith has called on the club’s fans to be patient as manager Mark Kavanagh beds in a new side at Hillsfield.
The Romans have recovered from losing their first three games in the Midland Alliance by taking seven points from the next nine.
They lost 2-0 at home to Alvechurch at the weekend but Smith says the feeling at Hillsfield is of a club moving in the right direction.
“There’s still a lot of improvement to come from what’s essentially a very young team, and, although at times it’s been frustrating to watch, we have to look at the bigger picture and also be realistic,” said Smith.
“We’ve basically had to start all over again so full credit has to be given to Mark and his staff, who walked in to a nightmare situation when only three of last season’s squad returned for pre-season training.
“Kav brought 10 new players with him which was just as well, but his initial plans of integrating them alongside the already established players was blown out of the water straight away.
“Ten days after that first training session we were thumped 11-2 by Stafford Rangers, which given the amount of time the players had spent together wasn’t too surprising.
“We had to take a few more humiliating defeats on the chin during those first few weeks and going out of the FA Cup against Atherstone was a huge blow to us, but I think we’ve come through the worst of it now and with a couple of league wins under our belts we can start to look forward with a bit more optimism.”
Kavanagh continues to shape his squad and has signed midfielder Danny Brain from Redditch United.
“It’s very much a work-in-progress and no doubt we’ll be up against it in some games, so it’s really important for the club that our supporters stick with us and give the players their backing,” said Smith.
“Hopefully they will see that we are rebuilding and continue to give us their backing.”